By: Blu Metz
September 13, 2015 The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic
American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association's 2015 season is winding to a
close with only two points paying shows on the schedule. The Penultimate show
will be at Wall Stadium in Belmar,
NJ on this coming Saturday September 19th for the
track's popular fan appreciation night. The Points finale will be at Mahoning
Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th. Buddy Sload currently
tops the point's standings with his nearest rival Ryan Tidman looking to make
his move in the final two races second with Matt Roselli and Geoffrey Sutton
third and fourth. Oswego Classic winner Joey Bailey sits fifth with the Rookie
of the year contenders Mike Glaser and Pat Force next in line.
The ATQMRA cars and stars will be part of the Wall Stadium Fan
Appreciation Night where the cars will be on display on the race track and fans
are encouraged to come onto the track and interact with drivers and get an up
close and personal look at the cars and talk to the drivers and teams who thrill
them each week. Wall Stadium's 2014 Most Popular driver the Rocket Ron Mullen
will once again be in TQ midget action in the Metz Racing 39in addition to
racing in several of the fendered divisions at Wall. Drivers and teams will have
autograph cards and hands outs for fans and give autographs and take pictures
with them to help make them feel like part of the action.
This coming Saturday when the lightening fast TQ midgets invade Wall
Stadium for another round of short track racing on Wall's inner fifth mile flat
oval it will mark the penultimate event for the 2015 season. With the points
lead and the momentum of winning 3 of the last 4 races including both races on
Wall's inner oval Points leader Buddy Sload looks to be the favorite once again
when action begins. Sload finished fourth in the last outing in the Classic at
Oswego and bested his nearest competition in Ryan Tidman only after Tidman
looked to be the sure winner of the race with only a few turns left before
taking the checkered flag his fortunes turned and ended up with a sixth place
It has been a hard fought battle for the season long Hoosier Tire Mid
Atlantic Championship between Sload and Tidman. If Tidman is going to earn
another title he will need to earn max points at the two remaining races to give
him a shot at the title.
The Rookie of the year battle continues to be a two man battle
between Mike Glaser and Patrick Force with Glaser holding the edge at this
Flying Ryan Tidman has had his share of bad luck the last few races
and will be a threat to unseat Sload's dominance on the short tracks. Sload
earned a hat trick of wins the by winning two shows at Wall and a third at the
now defunct Borger's Speedway showing real strength in the wingless short track
races in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16.
Joey Bailey fresh from his biggest Victory in a TQ midget at the
Oswego Classic will be looking to go from the longest track on the tour to the
shortest remaining track and earn another victory to post three on the season.
He was the winner of the Club's only race on Wall's high banks for the 2015
season back in May. Bailey missed a handful of races this season or he would
surely be in contention for the championship.
2014 Champion Matt Janisch will be in the Lou Cicconi Drinan TQ
midget at Wall this Saturday. The car started life as a Drinan built TQ midget
but has had significant modifications in the never ending quest for speed.
Janisch will be looking to wring as much speed from the car as he can in his
first race outing on the Wall fifth mile track. Janisch incidentally took laps
around the Wall inner oval in a TQ midget back in 2007 when the pavement was
first laid on the inner oval.
Don Zrinski is expected to be back in action on the flat track at
Wall where he has been a strong runner posting top five finishes in each of his
outings this season. Don is another racer that ran laps on Wall's inner oval
long before the ATQMRA sanctioned races on the track.